Technical Papers and Presentations

Here you will find presentations given at COMSOL Conferences around the globe. The presentations explore the innovative research and products designed by your peers using COMSOL Multiphysics. Research topics span a wide array of industries and application areas, including the electrical, mechanical, fluid, and chemical disciplines. Use the Quick Search to find presentations pertaining to your application area.

Simulating the Generation and Guided Propagation of Terahertz Radiation using COMSOL Multiphysics

Jason A. Deibel
Rice University

Electromagnetic waves within the Teraherz frequency spectrum are common in medical techonolgy applications, such as imaging, spectroscopy and drug detection. In this presentation, we explain how Teraherz Radiation is used in different applications, how to produce Electromagnetic waves in the Teraherz frequency, and how to analyze them. Simulations in COMSOL Multiphysics are included as ...

Incoherent Propagation of Light in Coherent Models

A. Čampa[1], J. Krč[1], M. Topič[1]
[1]University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Ljubljana, Slovenia

In the finite element based modeling and simulations only the coherent propagation of light is considered. However, in reality when light passes the thick layer it loses the phase information and its coherent nature due to the spatial, temporal or spectral incoherence. In this work, we present two methods to include the incoherent layer in coherent based simulations: (a) phase matching and (b) ...

Modeling Light Diffraction Using the Finite Element COMSOL

J.D. Bamonte
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, USA

COMSOL is finite element modeling software capable of solving partial differential equations. This capability allows for the modeling of boundary value problems, which is necessary to the study of light and the properties of light propagation. For this study, we are modeling Fraunhofer diffraction of light using a solution of the Helmholtz equation with boundary values appropriate for ...

Effects of Forced Airflow Cooling on Laser Beam Heating of Volume Bragg Gratings

S. Kaim[1], B. Anderson[1], G. Venus[1], J. Lumeau[1], V. Smirnov[2], B. Zeldovich[1], L. Glebov[1]
[1]CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA
[2]OptiGrate Corp, Oviedo, FL, USA

Forced airflow cooling of a Volume Bragg Grating heated by a laser beam was investigated by means of simulation with COMSOL Multiphysics®. In addition to air cooling of unrestricted airflow, a case of airflow directed by limiting glass plates was investigated. A number of temperature distributions and thermal deformations were obtained in simulations for different rates of airflows. Simulations ...

Modeling Optical Nanoantenna Arrays with COMSOL Multiphysics

Z. Liu[1], X. Ni[1], and A. Kildishev[1]
[1]School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA

Optical nanoantennas have been of great interest recently due to their ability to support a highly efficient, localized surface plasmon resonance and produce significantly enhanced and highly confined electromagnetic fields. Such enhanced local fields have many applications such as biosensors, near-fieldscanning optical microscopy (NSOM), quantum optical information processing, enhanced Raman ...

Enhanced Surface Plasmon Polariton Propagation Induced by Active Dielectrics

M. Mattheakis[1], C. Athanasopoulos[1], G. P. Tsironis[1]
[1]University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece

We present numerical simulations for the propagation of surface plasmon polaritons in a dielectric-metal-dielectric waveguide using COMSOL Multiphysics® software. We show that the use of an active dielectric with gain that compensates metal absorption losses enhances substantially plasmon propagation. Furthermore, the introduction of the active material induces, for a specific gain value, a ...

Implementation of a Paraxial Optical Propagation Method for Large Photonic Devices

J.E. Toney[1]

[1]Pennsylvania State University Electro-Optics Center, Freeport, Pennsylvania, USA

We demonstrate the use of COMSOL Multiphysics with MATLAB to model signal generation in wide-bandgap semiconductor radiation detectors. A quasi-hemispherical detector design is compared with a simple, planar detector. Results show that the quasi-hemispherical design can simply and effectively compensate for the poor hole transport of most compound semiconductor materials. In this paper we present ...

Silicon-on-Insulator MOS Optical Modulators

F. Dell’Olio, F. De Leonardis, and V.M.N. Passaro
Politecnico di Bari

One of the most important requirements of any integrated optical technology is the ability to perform optical modulation, which permits to encode a bit stream onto the optical carrier provided by the laser source. In this paper a multiphysics model for silicon modulators adopting a Metal Oxide Semiconductor (MOS) structure is presented.

Finite Element Analysis of a Fiber Bragg Grating Accelerometer for Performance Optimization

N. Basumallick[1], A. Ghosh[1], P. Biswas[1], K. Dasgupta[1], S. Bandyopadhyay[1]
[1]Fiber Optics Laboratory, Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Sensitivity of a cantilever-mass based fiber Bragg grating (FBG) accelerometer can efficiently be tailored by altering the distance between the axis of the FBG sensor to the neutral axis of the cantilever. To accomplish that in general, a backing patch is used to mount the FBG on the cantilever. Use of finite element analysis to quantify the influence of the material constant (Young’s modulus) ...

Antenna and Plasmonic Properties of Scanning Probe Tips at Optical and Terahertz Regimes

A. Haidary[1], P. Grütter[1], Y. Miyahara[1]
[1]Physics Department, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

A wide variety of near-field optical phenomena such as apertureless near-field scanning microscopy (ANSM) at optical and terahertz (THz) regimes and surface enhanced Raman scattering relies on the electric field enhancement at the end of a sharp tip. Achieving and controlling this electric field enhancement is a key challenge for a wide range of applications such as surface modification, data ...

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